Thank-you to nevillegirl, (Musings From Neville’s Navel) for the idea!
1. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
I actually read this book after it was featured on nevillegirl’s own list (uh, thanks again!) Its basically about 13 beauty queens stranded on an island, devoid of adults and TV. They build huts, fight snakes, uncover Corporation secrets- all without breaking a nail.
2. More Than This by Patrick Ness
Patrick Ness is an amazing writer. His ideas are of unfathomable originality, and More Than This is no different. Total mind wreck- in a good way. Seth drowns in the opening scenes of the book. But he wakes up, seemingly alive, in a haunted town that is eerily familiar. He is not alone. (Sorry for the cryptic description. Its hard to sum up) *waves you away to read all of Ness’ books)
3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I’m sorry but cyborg Cinderella? How could I not include it?
4. The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett
The continuous history of a world not unlike our own, except that it is a flat disk carried on the back of two elephants astride a giant turtle floating through space, people by wizards, dwarves, vampires, witches, and policemen. ‘Nuff said.
5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
It certainly wasn’t the first dystopian novel, but still; it’s pretty original in the ways it borrows parts from Roman mythology, to create a haunting envisioning of the future.
6. The Time Machine by H.G Wells (and all other Wells’ novels)
One of the earlier sci-fi books, this is one of my favourites. Ever. Time travel and such is clichè now, but back then, it was the first of its kind (I think…) I highly recommend this book- Wells’ wasn’t one to bog down narratives with heady descriptions. Its a concise book, and a pretty good one too.
What books have I missed?
A lot. Its late at night.